Joanna Lumley, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, The Big Chill – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 07 August 2011

07 Aug

The Big Chill – the Big Chill Festival is on this weekend having started on Friday with The Chemical Brothers and Neneh Cherry. Saturday’s acts included Kanye West and Jessie J and the festival closes tonight with Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Robert Plant and The Band of Joy, and Warpaint on stage. The main Deer Park stage will be closed with a performance by the visual artist and music producer Chris Cunningham. He has produced music videos for Madonna and Aphex Twin as well as being responsible for Bjork’s award-winning video for “All Is Full Of Love”. The festival takes place Eastnor Castle Deer Park in Herefordshire and you can still buy day tickets or find out more on the Big Chill site here.

Military Tattoo – not the normal sort of tattoo we see here on these pages. The 2011 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo runs from 5-27 August on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle. Highlights this year include a Royal Naval rescue team, highland dancers and a brass band performing on bicycles. The whole show takes place in a new £16 million amphitheatre this year with a cast of around 900 performers. As well as the usual British performers there are also shows from the Netherlands and Brazil this year. The Tattoo is on at 9pm Monday to Friday, with 2 performances on Saturdays at 7.30pm and 10pm. Tickets can be ordered via the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo site.

Dragons’ Den – the BBC series in which budding entrepreneurs get a 3 minute time slot to pitch their business idea to a panel of scary millionaires. Tonight sees the second episode of the new series which has new “Dragon” Hilary Devey, millionaire owner of freight firm Pall-Ex, who made a good impression last week getting good reviews for her frightening opening performance. Tonight’s programme, which is on BBC2 at 9pm, apparently includes a pitch for sunglasses designed for dogs.

Joanna Lumley – a very classy lady who is an actress, ex-model, ex-Bond girl, author and recent saviour of the Gurkhas. Joanna had a strong personal link with the Gurkhas as her father James was a major in the 6th Gurkha Rifles. She has now launched a campaign to raise £4 million to safeguard Moat Brae, the Scottish home that inspired J.M. Barrie to write “Peter Pan”. The mansion in Dumfries needs money spent on the roof and garden and there is a plan to turn the building into a learning centre.

Best known to many these days as Patsy, Edina’s drunk friend, in “Absolutely Fabulous”, there are a lot of people out there (mostly men it must be said) who still like to remember Joanna as Purdey, the stocking and suspenders wearing agent in “The New Avengers”.

Before breaking into films and television Joanna worked as a model in the 1960’s including a stint as the house model for fashion designer Jean Muir.

Check her out in this selection of fights.

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